Joss Whedon answered some questions about the upcoming blockbuster The Avengers: Age of Ultron where he talked about his love of the Ultron character and how Ultron fits into the Avengers movie universe.
I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron, because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.
There are going to be some changes though, starting with what that title really means.
“A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron. The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym. So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not. Because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside. Ultron was their chief villain. He’s been the Avengers villain for so long. I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie. We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.
How is Whedon planning on bringing the character of Ultron to life on the big screen?
I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, godd@%n it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.
So Whedon will be powering down Ultron a bit, face it, some of those powers wouldn’t translate to the big screen very well. I’m sure Jeremy Renner is probably breathing a sigh of relief, most likely he won’t spend 3/4 the movie mind controlled by Ultron.
What do you think about Whedon’s Vision for Ultron (I made a funny there)? Is he on the right track? Ultron is a good choice, he’s a tough customer that, one on one, could easily take on and defeat each Avenger. Only together will the Avengers have a chance to stop Ultron.
I’m still betting Ultron being a corrupted or abandoned early version of Tony’s computer butler J.A.R.V.I.S. combined with Stark armor tech with abandonment issues and a huge chip on his shoulder against his creator, Tony Stark.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron blasts its way onto the big screen May 1st, 2015.